There are many different dental treatments that can be used to restore problems with your teeth. By far one of the most common is a dental crown. Dental crowns are tooth-shaped caps that cover a tooth that is adversely affected by decay or damage.
Crowns can restore both the function of your fractured, cracked or broken tooth and its appearance. While crowns are primarily considered a form of restorative dentistry, there are definitely cosmetic benefits associated with certain types of dental crowns.
Dental crowns are versatile restorative solutions and are used to address a variety of issues including the following:
Protect a decayed tooth from further decay
Protect a cracked or damaged tooth from breaking
Restore a broken tooth
Cover a tooth that had a large filling with not much natural tooth remaining
Add strength, height, and width to a weak or undersized tooth
Cover a tooth that has been treated with root canal
Cover a dental implant
Hold a dental bridge in place
Many people mistakenly believe that all crowns are the same, but the fact is that there are now several different types of choose between. Our experienced cosmetic dentist in Palm Beach Gardens, FL will be able to talk you through each of your options and make recommendations based on your individual circumstances. In the meantime, here is what you need to know about the different types of dental crowns.
Rhonda had a very narrow upper jaw with dark yellow teeth. She wanted the whitest most brilliant smile possible and a fuller smile to complement her face and reflect her youth. Dr. Ajmo performed laser gum contouring to reshape Ronda's gumline and designed a Complete Smile Lift with Porcelain Veneers. Even though Rhondas' veneers are extremely white, they still have translucencies and contours that look as natural as possible.
Ceramic crowns, also known as all-ceramic or all-porcelain crowns, are 100% porcelain and are one of the most popular choices for crowns. This is because porcelain is one of the materials that most closely resembles natural enamel. Porcelain has a sheen and translucency like regular teeth. It can also be glazed in a wide variety of different shades, making it possible to match your crown to your existing teeth. This enables the crown to blend invisibly into your natural smile.
At PGA Dentistry, we frequently offer E-Max® crowns that are extremely strong and durable with many aesthetic benefits. Since they are all porcelain and have no metals, they are a good option for patients with metal allergies or who are looking for highly esthetic dental restorations.
Zirconia crowns are commonly used for patients who may show excessive wear patterns or possibly grind their teeth during the day or at night, a habitual pattern known as bruxism. Zirconia is one of the strongest tooth-colored materials used in modern dentistry and is extremely resistant to fractures, cracks or wear.
Because zirconia is tooth colored, it can easily be colored to blend with natural teeth. Although zirconia is white, it does not appear as natural or aesthetically appealing as E-Max® crowns.
PFM or Porcelain Fused to Metal Crowns combine the natural and attractive appearance of all-ceramic crowns with exceptional strength. The base of the crown is created from a high noble metal with a percentage of gold which is covered with a thin layer of color-matched porcelain. Since the porcelain is translucent, porcelain to metal crowns isn’t as aesthetically appealing as all porcelain E-Max® crowns. sometimes the crown looks less translucent or it can be possible to see the outline of the metal underneath. Otherwise, PFM crowns are a great choice if you want to experience the benefits of both ceramic and metal in your restoration.
All metal crowns can be created using a variety of different materials including gold, nickel, chromium or palladium. Although their metallic color is their main drawback, they are one of the strongest options for restoring your tooth and they can withstand both biting and chewing forces. This makes them a popular choice for patients who require a crown on their back teeth that aren’t visible while speaking or smiling.
If you would like more information on the different types of dental crowns in Palm Beach Gardens FL at PGA Dentistry, schedule a free consultation today at (561) 220-0700.